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10 Places to Find Vintage Las Vegas

10 Places to Find Vintage Las Vegas Photo

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Posted on August 4, 2008 in Trip Ideas

A recent journal from incrediblejoycey inspired a quest to find members’ top recommendations for experiencing the Vegas of Bugsy Siegel, Frank Sinatra, and old-school showgirls. Leave the dime-a-dozen roller coasters and palatial malls for another day: this is Vegas, vintage style.

Find Your Vegas Legs at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino
incrediblejoycey says: “The world-famous Flamingo Hotel and Casino is by far the most celebrated of the early resorts (circa 1946), as it was built by mobster Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel. The rooms were very cool—I think perfect for a younger, hip crowd. And we were directly across the street from Caesar's—dead-center of the Strip!”

Kick Things Off with the Folies Bergere
jck145 says: “Showgirls were certainly prevalent at the Tropicana, where we witnessed the spectacle of the Folies Bergere. They say it is the longest-running production show in the country, but you couldn't tell its age with the beautiful girls decked out in rhinestones and feathers. This was the classic Las Vegas we were searching for.”

Have a Classic Meal at the Peppermill Restaurant and Lounge
Shaken_Bake says: “The Peppermill is a longtime Vegas establishment famous for its good food; huge portions; and intimate, friendly lounge. The decor has to be seen to be believed. The Peppermill is Vegas at its classic best and is absolutely worth going out of your way for!”

Enjoy Two Deserts at Once at the Sahara Hotel and Casino
borogadge says: “This African-themed hotel and casino was once a favorite of Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Beatles, and still harks back to the good ol’ days when the mob controlled the city.”

Share a Table with the Rat Pack at Battista's Hole in the Wall
incrediblejoycey says: “Want to dine where the Rat Pack did? Try Battista's Hole in the Wall. It is a no-thrills place with cheap eats.”

Go Back in Time at the Fremont Street Experience
mightywease says: “Downtown, in Glitter Gulch, is home to the Vegas Vic sign, an iconic image of Las Vegas, and also to the flashing lights of illuminated casino fronts and signs. This is where the first casinos opened and where you’ll find recognizable names such as the Golden Nugget and the Lady Luck.”

See the Light at the Neon Museum
incrediblejoycey says: “Want to see more of the nostalgic neon signs? Be sure to visit the Neon Museum—the keeper of all signs cool, as the new signs replace the vintage ones. This is a self-guided walking tour of restored signs dating back to 1940, located on Fremont Street.”

Steer Clear of Modern Models at the Imperial Palace Auto Collection
Free Spirit says: “We had never been here on other trips and almost missed it this time, thinking it might not be worth the effort. What a mistake that would have been! We were so impressed we actually made two visits. There are cars that were owned or driven by celebrities such as Tom Jones, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Howard Hughes, and Johnny Carson, and luxury cars that one has only read about.”

Sing with Mr. Vegas: Wayne Newton
raderwayne says: “A lot of people laughed at me when I told them I had seen him, but he really puts on a good show. He is an entertainer from the past, the Vegas you will not see with all the production shows Vegas is mass-producing today. We are in our 30s and could not believe the age range of those in the crowd (20s to 70s). The women just went wild for him and the show he performs is one you will not forget.”

Seal the Deal at the Chapel of the Bells
notso62 says: “All the hotel options seemed either too cheesy or too ritzy for me, and Elvis Presley was vetoed by my fiancé. That left us with about a billion chapels to choose from, so I started to eliminate options by crossing off the chapels that begat unfortunate celebrity marriages. My overall experience at the Chapel of the Bells was a good one, so I would definitely recommend this venue if you’re looking for the kitschy Vegas wedding chapel of your dreams.”

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